Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources and Their Use

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Gage Howell
Professor Kim
SOC 352
15 October 2014

Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources and Their Use

The US is one of the most wasteful countries in the world. We use more resources per person than many other countries do for double or even triple the number of people. Developing countries following in our footsteps implies a rapid disappearance of our non-renewable resources and overall implies the gradual destruction of our planet’s ecosystem, thus we need alternatives to create a sustainable use of the Earth’s resources such as: solar energy, wind energy, and hydro-electric energy. To start, the way we currently use energy is inefficient to be sustained over a long period of time. We have been aware of this for a while now, but continue to use fossil fuels as our main source of energy. We use coal and oil and combust them releasing carbon-dioxide into the air and destroying the ozone. However, this is method of energy cannot efficiently continue. Not only does the United States consistently need more than it needs but if developing countries follow suit then even more people will be using far more than the Earth can sustain. In response we will see projected numbers of how soon we will be out of the fossil fuels raise exponentially. The destruction of our current form of fuel will become imminent and our planet uninhabitable. In responsive measures, we have a few options. We can greatly reduce our current use, which only delays the problem and does not fix it, or we can completely change what resources we are consuming. For instance, instead of using gas for cars we can use solar powered vehicles they could be powered off the sun during the day, and use battery reserves at night, or we can use hydro-electric power to power them. Hydro-electricity is already a definite possibility, it has been used at several dams and solar power is becoming more…...

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